Soul Brothers - The ultimate sacrifice
Walter Davis -
the First World War broke in a frenzy of patriotism and fervour,
the young boys of England rallied to the colours, they in every
sense of the word were devoted to their duty to fight for King and
the land in towns and villages they marched off to the recruiting
offices to sign up, boys as young as 15 years of age faced the interview
and blatantly lied about their age, desperate to join the fighting
as hundreds of thousands joined up, they willingly signed away their
young and precious lives on the dotted line and accepted the “Kings
They were told
that on their return they would Find a Land Built For Heroes this
gave them even more encouragement to join up and fight, they were
now all the more enthused by such words and prepared to carry out
their duty as soldiers of the King!!!
From across the land
they rallied...Pals Battalions from the North of England, literally
dozens of boys from industrial areas all joined at one time, they
in the innocence of youth were now on their way to fight the dreaded
Hun in a foreign land.
As the time arrived for
their sons to depart mothers stood on the doorsteps of their homes
hugging their beloved sons with many tears and heartfelt sadness,
telling them to be careful and come home soon. A last final kiss
and a wave goodbye was all that they could offer each other, as
their sons marched off down the road to an unknown future.
the country prepared for war and the “boys of the land offered
their souls as a sacrifice, for now they were kitted out, trained,
and prepared to kill for what they were lead to believe was a cause
for right and freedom.
of the commanding forces spoke words of Great Glory to the young
recruits who stood to attention on row upon row, next to their friends,
workmates, and brothers in arms, listening to the words of greater
men than them that knew what the situation was, declaring that once
every effort is made, then we shall win the war by Christmas.
Little did those of the thousands who stood side by side on that
day to hear these words of a soon to be accomplished victory, realise
by any sense of the imagination that they would very soon be lying
dead in rows and rows, side by side.
From the small village
of Great Rissington, Gloucestershire came the Heroism of five brothers
who undeniably believed it their duty to sign up.
Others too from
this small but insignificant village in England would also rally
to the cause of freedom and join the five brothers, and participate
in the war that was soon to become a reality and all of them would